Australia news July 13, 2012

Brett Lee retires from international cricket

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Brett Lee has confirmed his retirement from international cricket, but he has declared his intention to play on in the Big Bash League and the IPL. Lee, 35, had originally planned to retire after the ICC World Twenty20 in September, but after flying home early from the ODI series in England due to a calf injury, he decided the time was right to make way for Australia's young fast bowlers.

He will depart the game as the equal leading wicket taker for Australia in one-day internationals, having moved level with Glenn McGrath on 380 victims, although McGrath also took one wicket for the ICC World XI, taking his career tally to 381. Lee retired from Test cricket in February 2010, but remained a valuable player in the shorter formats, for his country and his various domestic teams around the world.

Lee's final appearance for Australia came in Durham last week, when he hurt his calf while bowling the third over of his 221st one-day international. Lee said he wondered as he was clapped off whether it would be the end of his international career, and he made his decision on Friday morning before making the retirement official with an announcement at the SCG.

"I guess you ask yourself a lot of questions when you've been injured or been through a tough time," Lee said. "It's been the last two or three nights I have thought about it a lot. I woke up this morning and I knew this was the right day to do it.

"In a team environment you have to be committed 100%, both mentally and physically. Looking at the next two months I just didn't have that desire any more. It wouldn't be fair on me or the rest of the team if I was to go over there with that attitude - not lack of commitment, but you just get to a point in your life when you decide enough is enough.

"The great run must end. It was going to be post-World Cup [Twenty20]. We had spoken about that with the selectors and that was the time I was going to walk away from the game. But I woke up this morning and just felt like I was ready. It was time to go."

Lee made his debut for Australia in the 1999 Boxing Day Test against India and he will retire as international cricket's tenth leading wicket taker of all time, with 718 victims across all three formats. He has been involved in a World Cup triumph in 2003 and three successful Ashes campaigns, and although he will leave on the low of a 4-0 one-day loss to England, Lee said he was confident Australia were heading in the right direction.

"What I can say about the Australian cricket team right now is that we are guided by a terrific guy in Michael Clarke," Lee said. "I think he's been a terrific captain. He's got a great cricket brain. We've just got to back the guys we've got around us and realise that we don't make superstars overnight.

"We can't expect guys to go out there and get five-for in their first match, or a hundred. The guys need to take time to get used to their spot. There's a lot of unfair pressure coming from all angles on the players these days. Pick a group and try to stick with them I reckon is the best advice."

One of those young men who will play a key role in Australia's fortunes over the next decade is Pat Cummins, the 19-year-old fast bowler. Cummins has already been struck down by a number of injuries and has taken advice from Lee, who said he was excited to see what Cummins could deliver over the next few years.

"He's got so much talent. If I had half his talent that he's got at 19, you'd take a million Test wickets," Lee said. "He's a wonderful guy, he's a guy that listens, he's got a great body to bowl fast. The thing I told him the other day is that you are going to get injured, unfortunately. If you put yourself and your body on the line every single time you bowl a ball, the chances are you will get injured.

"You've got to learn how to deal with that, learn how to deal with the media saying you're injury prone, how to deal with people saying you've got to bowl 150ks every single ball. It's tough, it's challenging. I know that he can do it."

Lee was in and out of Australia's side so often due to injury in his career that he said he'd had "more sequels or comebacks than Rambo". He missed the 2007 World Cup due to a serious ankle injury and also suffered back, abdomen, side, elbow and foot problems throughout his 13-year international career, but he said he had no regrets about the toll his style had taken on his body.

"It may be a little bit crazy to be a fast bowler, to put your body on the line every single time," Lee said. "I've always said that if you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much space. That's the way I've always played my cricket. If I've done something I've done it pretty well [injuries]. This calf tear is the first proper torn muscle I've had in 20 years of cricket, so I can't really ask my body for much more than that.

"There's still the Big Bash, there's the IPL. I'm not totally losing my cricket thrill or the chance to play cricket. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to play here [the SCG] again. Obviously it won't be for the Australian cricket team, which will be sad. But I know I've made that right call."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on July 16, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Have a great life, Brett! For all the joy you've given to fans through out the globe, and the character you've sported all along, I guess you've done your creator & family extremely proud. Hats off to one of my personal favorites as well as cricket's most beloved sons... May success follow you every step of the way!

  • Dinesh-71 on July 16, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    One of the best fast bowlers of this generation. A fierce competitor on the field and a thorough gentleman off the field. Not only Australian cricket but the cricket loving fans all over the world will miss you. All the best on your future endeavors.

  • cond_cool on July 16, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    He's a True Legend.. You would have never seen him indulging in any cheap forms of sledging ~ Australians, learn from him..

    He plays for his team ~ Legend

  • ashes61 on July 15, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Wonderful run-up, great action - and what a combative competitor! Yet he proved that - even today - you can be ultra-competitive in a very physical sporting role without sullying the great game. What an entertainer! His mixture of aggression and sheer fun said it all. I saw his fantastic c & b of Strauss in the 2nd inns at Lord's in 2005 from side-on - only absolute determination got him that catch. Also saw him at C'bury twice, the latter in 2009 for AUS v ENG Lions just before the 5th Test. The crowd went wild laughing at his pursuit of a seagull which had made off with one of the bails! A great ambassador for the game and for his country. Let's hope Australia finds more of his ilk - but not too soon!

  • on July 15, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Shoaib akhtar , brett lee retired and i dont see shaun tait anymore ! we need speed

  • on July 15, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    I saw Brett Lee on debut at the MCG. What a career he went on to have!

    Thanks for the great memories, Brett. I wish you well in whatever comes next.

  • SemajAG on July 15, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    A marvelous cricket brain and entertainer, Lee will be greatly missed for his tenacity and skills.

  • truthhh on July 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    very very sad news..you are the best fast blower i have ever seen..i like yur blowing action!!!!!!!from srilanka

  • on July 15, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    brett lee - the most amazing fast bowler that i've ever seen or ever will see. He had a tremendous attitude to the game. Always a joy to watch. Cheers from the West Indies

  • AhmadziaKhan on July 15, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    The best player ever cricket has produced. Well done Mr. Lee, Not only the people of Australia but all cricket loving fans around the world feel proud having such a brilliant bowler and outstanding personality, We the people of Afghanistan love & will remember him alot.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Have a great life, Brett! For all the joy you've given to fans through out the globe, and the character you've sported all along, I guess you've done your creator & family extremely proud. Hats off to one of my personal favorites as well as cricket's most beloved sons... May success follow you every step of the way!

  • Dinesh-71 on July 16, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    One of the best fast bowlers of this generation. A fierce competitor on the field and a thorough gentleman off the field. Not only Australian cricket but the cricket loving fans all over the world will miss you. All the best on your future endeavors.

  • cond_cool on July 16, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    He's a True Legend.. You would have never seen him indulging in any cheap forms of sledging ~ Australians, learn from him..

    He plays for his team ~ Legend

  • ashes61 on July 15, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Wonderful run-up, great action - and what a combative competitor! Yet he proved that - even today - you can be ultra-competitive in a very physical sporting role without sullying the great game. What an entertainer! His mixture of aggression and sheer fun said it all. I saw his fantastic c & b of Strauss in the 2nd inns at Lord's in 2005 from side-on - only absolute determination got him that catch. Also saw him at C'bury twice, the latter in 2009 for AUS v ENG Lions just before the 5th Test. The crowd went wild laughing at his pursuit of a seagull which had made off with one of the bails! A great ambassador for the game and for his country. Let's hope Australia finds more of his ilk - but not too soon!

  • on July 15, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Shoaib akhtar , brett lee retired and i dont see shaun tait anymore ! we need speed

  • on July 15, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    I saw Brett Lee on debut at the MCG. What a career he went on to have!

    Thanks for the great memories, Brett. I wish you well in whatever comes next.

  • SemajAG on July 15, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    A marvelous cricket brain and entertainer, Lee will be greatly missed for his tenacity and skills.

  • truthhh on July 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    very very sad news..you are the best fast blower i have ever seen..i like yur blowing action!!!!!!!from srilanka

  • on July 15, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    brett lee - the most amazing fast bowler that i've ever seen or ever will see. He had a tremendous attitude to the game. Always a joy to watch. Cheers from the West Indies

  • AhmadziaKhan on July 15, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    The best player ever cricket has produced. Well done Mr. Lee, Not only the people of Australia but all cricket loving fans around the world feel proud having such a brilliant bowler and outstanding personality, We the people of Afghanistan love & will remember him alot.

  • on July 15, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    brett lee is the fastest bowler to take both 300 and 350 wickets. And second fastest to take 200 and 250 wickets.. A superb cricketer..one of the all time best.. He was really an ambassador for the game of cricket!! LEGEND

  • PWDSports on July 15, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Brett Lee - you will be missed, 1st met him at the MRF Pace Academy, Madras along with Matthew Nicholson way back in July 1995. 4 years later he was the most lethal bowler on debut against India and was one of the main causes for India's 3-0 series defeat down under in 1999.A great Sportsman, who didn't try to prolong his career by cutting down on pace, was feared by batsman the world over for his genuine pace & craft. Adieu Brett

  • gudolerhum on July 14, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    It is a privilege to add my comments on Brett Lee's retirement. He has been an outstanding player, fierce competitor and always with a smile even though the determination was never in question. It has been a pleasure to watch you play and may you have a long and enjoyable retirement.

  • mdiggity on July 14, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Congrats Brett on an outstanding career! Thanks for inspiring me for all these years and for always being a top aussie whilst representing our nation. Always being number #1 in my books and always will be! Thanks for the memories mate and wish you all the best!!!

  • AKS286 on July 14, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    @ Mohammad Ashraf me jealous to fast bowlers why buddy i'm not a batsman. and then also mention tait, harmison, bond, ntini, why specially akhtar.

  • on July 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Mr aks286 ,it seems you are jeleues of ,fastest bowler of universe , ok , they are mentioning after akhtar , because lee was 2nd fastest , i am not pakistani saying this , and akthar was the epitome of fast bowiling , fine...

  • on July 14, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Terrific player Bret Lee was and a brilliant guy wish him all the best. A lot of players are now starting to retire now i.e. Akhter, Dravid, Ponting, Pieterson, Taibu etc and now teams have to use inexperience young players now so I can see the future of the cricketing world and where's it heading now my predictions are coming true :)

  • salim_chittagong_bangladesh on July 14, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    we miss you really too too.you have disheartened us declaring retirement.all bangladeshi people never forget you and pray to almighty allah for long live.

  • ATC1810 on July 14, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Great man, great bowler. Loved the way he always played with a smile on his face. Cricket will miss him.

  • on July 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    A great athlete, a great fast bowler, a lovely personality always with a lovely broad smile on his face. We will dearly miss you

  • on July 14, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    My fav bowler.. Jus love the way he runs in... Will miss you man...

  • AKS286 on July 14, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @Shoib Akhtar fans- why to mention akhtar in this column & specially the sentence "after akhtar he retired". lee is far far better than akhtar.akhtar is thrown out of the team by PCB. akhtar recent comment was "i'm willing to start playing for Pak" but no one cares. akhtar is out because of poor form, indisciplinary behaviour & for his bad relation with PCB and senior players. akhtar never got such kind of respect, honour while retirement by PCB and BY the players also.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 14, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Even the great Shaun Pollock resorted to bowling off-spin when age/injuries caught up with him! But not Brett Lee. He stayed fast, passionate, lion-hearted throughout, and will be sorely missed by Australia. Thanks for the memories Brett. Great player.

  • EnglishCricket on July 14, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Top Top Player! Will be truly missed in the Cricketing World and wish him all the best. His battles during the Ashes was of top standard and will miss that spark of his in his bowling plus his charisma. Bret Lee was indeed one of the best fast bowlers in modern time.

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    big loss to cricket ,he is a bowler who has inspired another generation to bowl fast ,the relation that he shared with us Indians is for everyone to know ,he is few of those who played to win till death but with a great spirit . I am sure i am just a single of thousands of those cricket fans who will miss him ,IPL and BBL will give us one or two last chances to see him .Have a great life ahead breet lee and thanks for the great entertainment you gave all of us over the world for the last 13 years .

  • Rajeev129 on July 14, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Dravid, Boucher, Lee. Feeling bad to loose all these greats in single year. Lets see how these voids will be filled. No player been tested so far to replace these lads. Boucher will be the first, but ABD can easily fill that role. Then Dravid, it could be Kohli / Rohit but we can not imagine these two in the same ranks as Rahul, since we already knew the other dimension of them. So possibly it could be Pujara, but will take 2-3 years.

    From outside we can argue that Brett Lee too can be replaced by either of Cummins, Pattinson & Starc, just because of their pace. I don't agree. Brett Lee's fitness is much better than any of these bowlers and he is natural athlete and can bat well also. These young lads, even at the age of 18-21 are already sidelined from major series due to various reasons. How can we expect them to replace Lee ?

  • ali_78694 on July 14, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Even at the Age of 35 he never lost his pace. Never Compromised on his pace over the past 14 - 15 years. Good Luck to Brett Lee in all his future Endevours.

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Brett Lee is an ambassador for everything that is true in sportsmanship and competitive spirit. he is a very very gud player

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    I will miss you man. You are my most favorite bowler. Love you man. Keep rocking at BB & IPL.

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    What a wonderful pace bowler was Brett Lee.You think of pace bowling and immediately picture of Brett lee will come in front of you.He has the right physique of a pace bowler, a beautiful rhytemic runup and a perfect action.Generally pace bowlers are aggressive by nature but he was altogether different.A smiling face even in the adverse conditions.He loves India and India loves him too.

  • on July 14, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    A true professional. Not many other words needed really. Proper quick, accuracy, and played the game in the right way.

  • Xurace on July 14, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    A man with great smile and great personality with geniuenly fast pace which could terrify any batsman. My all time favourite all-rounder. Great athlete in the modern cricket who had true sprit of cricket and played fairly. He will be missed tremendously in yellow jersey. Keep going BINGA!!

  • 5wombats on July 14, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Brett Lee is an ambassador for everything that is true in sportsmanship and competitive spirit. If you want to know how to approach this game - watch Brett Lee. Thank you.

  • ravip175 on July 14, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    great sportsman in aal forms of the game,character and humanity........we love u so much binga..........world cricket and your lots of fans from australia and across the borders will miss u .....but will remember u forever.....

  • suruz9 on July 14, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    brett lee is a legend of modern cricket.will be remembered as one of the fastest bowler of all time.hats of to binga .and thanku for entertaining in every spell.hats of for the amazing aussie career.

  • on July 14, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    my favourite of best sportive cricketers of world all time

  • Kimiiceman on July 14, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    2012 is not a good year for Cricket.Gretest Players are leaving the game(Dravid,Boucher and now Lee).its worth watching cricket anymore?

  • on July 14, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Really We Miss You Speed Star....You are my bowling Coach...Please play in IPL

  • on July 14, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Loss to world cricket. Besides being a great fast bowler, he was a good sportsman and played the game in its spirit. You will be missed Bret. Hope to see you in the IPL. Unlike his colleagues such as ricky ponting, mcgrath, waugh, Brett Lee played a passionately in true spirit of the game, fairly, humanely........ A rare Australian who was loved by many fans across the borders....... All da Best Binga..! We Salute U

  • on July 14, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    one of my favorite player with a great personality

  • on July 14, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Unlike his colleagues such as ricky ponting, mcgrath, waugh or warne, Brett Lee played a passionately in true spirit of the game, fairly, humanely........ A rare australian who was loved by many fans across the borders.......

  • only_sehwag on July 14, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Thanks for the memories, first Dravid and now Lee - not a good year for international cricket followers.

  • asif879 on July 14, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    All my favorite Australian players are leaving Cricket one by one... Miss u Lee:)

  • asithaSL on July 14, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    He is a true legend.. a fighter for his team, good friend outside the ground... real hero in my life... Love to see him in SLPL too... All da Best Binga..! We Salute U

  • on July 14, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    we miss u BINGA ,SRI LANKAN FANS

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 14, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    The true MAN OF STEEL. He played his cricket in the true Australian spirit. He played aggressively, passionately but with fairness. Will miss your flying heel taps Binga !!

  • AnishSomani on July 14, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Great bowler he will be remembered forever.A great loss for the Aussies.At least he will play in BBL/IPL

  • Sunili on July 14, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Brett Lee, one of the best fast bowler. Thanks for entertaining us in Australian way!!

  • SachisKing on July 14, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Loss to worlld cricket. Besides being a great fast bowler, he was a good sportsman and played the game in its spirit. You will be missed Bret. Hope to see you in the IPL.

  • funkyandy on July 14, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    My favourite modern day Aussie player. A fantastic pro and a credit to our great game. I really hope Brett stays in cricket, as his love of the game is infectious. Top geezer!!

  • on July 14, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    End of another legend due to IPL!!!!!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    fans will miss his smile on the field and the fine art of pace bowling, all the best brett.

  • on July 13, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    bad news for the world of cricket..another fast bowler has gone after shoaib akhter

  • A_Vacant_Slip on July 13, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Brilliant player.........

  • on July 13, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    big loss 4 australia brett lee one of the best bowlr in the world he is my favrat i love you brett lee

  • Vindaliew on July 13, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    I find it really poignant that Binga ended up level with McGrath! We'll really miss you - in a world-beating team filled with more arrogant players you stood out as a more friendly, smiling, affable character who let his chin music (and more than useful lower-order runs) do the talking!

  • kunderanengineer on July 13, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Although I'm a cradle-to-grave fan of India I must admit that my 2 favourite players in the game today are Brett Lee and AB de Villieres and this has very little to do with the obvious fact that they're both immensely talented and fiercely competitive but more importantly because they have that "little boy" spirit in them; they play as if they are genuinely enjoying themselves on the field which cannot be said of too many athletes today. It's almost like they're reminding the fans that this is after all only a game. Thankfully Brett isn't completely done with cricket yet so I hope to be following his exploits along with his wonderful smile during the next IPL.

  • on July 13, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    will miss you. remembering the day when you came in the team against india & you bowled sadgopan ramesh. here in india it was published that new aus storm has come. big fan of you & aus cricket. big loss of aus cricket

  • on July 13, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Third retirement of the week. And seems like a perfect year for gentlemen to retire. Dravid, Mark Boucher, Bret Lee the most competent plus respected cricketers of the modern age. It was always a treat to watch Lee bowl. He can tell his grandchildren that he had bowled his heart out. Wish him a good post retirement life.

  • on July 13, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Enjoy the retirement, you have been privilege to watch. I have always enjoyed the way you play your cricket, hard but fair. Wish there were more of you out there.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 13, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    With the retirement of Lee, it's the end of an era for quality fast bowling. It's a sad day for all of us who admire the art of pace bowling. Brett, thank you for everything. You have been a wonderful servant to Australian cricket and played with whole heartedness. Thank you mate, thanks a lot. Wish you good luck in all your future endeavours.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 13, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    We will miss like of Britt lee and Shaoib akhter. Cricket is getting batting dominent this era as we dont have a quality fast bowling anymore.

  • on July 13, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU LEE.BCZ YOU ARE SOME SPECIAL BOWLER AND A SPECIAL MAN IN THE WORLD.I CANNOT FORGET YOUR ATTITUDE IN WORLD CUP 2011 SEMI FINAL WHEN YOU WAS HIT ON YOUR FACE AND STILL COME TO GROUND FOR YOUR TEAM AND COUNTRY

  • on July 13, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Oh boy, is it a sad day for me to contemplate an Aussie lineup without my favorite Aussie? I love you as a bowler. I love your run up. I love you when the batsman hits you for a six. I love you when you raise your eyebrows after the batsman listens to some of your chin music. I love you when you get his wicket. I love you for your playful smile. I love you because you rarely get flustered. You will be sorely missed in the international circuit. All the best to you and may God help Australia (they really need Him now). By the way, my wife calls you "the chipmunk" ...

  • umairasgharbutt on July 13, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    :( one after one is retiring.. cricket is losing its charm with its stars :(

  • on July 13, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    lee and Akhtar the best bowler of all time.people all over the world will miss u.

  • on July 13, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Gilly 96 Test mtchs,,,,Warne--293 ODI Wkts.,,,dravid--99-50+ scores in tests,,,Hayden--8600+ test runs..Boucher--998 Intl victims....nd Nw its lee--380 ODI wkts...Gr8 plrs never cared abt recrds...they played like legends and left the game as legends...we'll miss u all...

  • Sheeerazz on July 13, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    World will miss you. FAST and FURIOUS. Hates of to you BRETT LEE.... Always loved your attitude in field. very brainy player..... his captains worked very wel withl his pace and never pushed him....

  • on July 13, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Very unselfish thing to do, Brettt is the man.....i have a feeling he's not done though

  • IlMagnifico on July 13, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    BTW, Mr. Coverdale, change that picture. Someone grabbing their ankle, Mr. Lee at that, is not the best picture to put up when reporting their retirement.

  • on July 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    he had taken the right decision at the right time.... this is what most of the senior players in international cricket too should do.. when they reach 35-36.., they should retire without waiting till being thrown out of the team (e.g Jayasuriya - a great player but he tarnished his image at the end of his career and still its same)

  • IlMagnifico on July 13, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Goodbye Mr. Lee. A genuine fast bowler, with a mean bouncer and a meaner on-field attitude. Just like a *real* quicker bowler's supposed to be. None of that line-and-length bullcr@p. He went after the batsmen and they knew it! Thanks for the memories, Mr. Lee.

  • jai_143 on July 13, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    we miss u...

  • on July 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    u r one f the my fav bowlers LEE ,surely we'll miss ur bowling

  • czzling on July 13, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Thank you Brett lee for the great entertainment....will miss 160 kmph smiling assasin....cheers mate

  • on July 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    sad bt true...............!!!!!! speedster shall be badly missed by the cricket's fan!!!!:(

  • on July 13, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    i really like the way u bowl.its a just grt memories that u have given but as the true thing is that every one has to go but the guy like u will never be forget by any true crckt lover

  • rustyryan on July 13, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Will miss u Lee.. You're a legend.... - from India.

  • Rajeev129 on July 13, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    NO ONE WOULD HAVE WAITED LIKE ME TO SEE BRETT LEE.

    It was during my 12th standard (Before 2003 World Cup), the day when i am having dinner with my friend Mr. Sreenu. I asked him India's batting is very strong but why we are unable to find a bowler like Akthar. He simply replied we should not wait for a Akthar we must find a bowler like Brett Lee because he is super fast, accurate, FANTASTIC ACTION. I really dont know who is Brett Lee that time.

    Since we were in residential college, we couldn't watch that WC. But his name was murmuring in every mouth. Then at the time of final, Lee was elevated even above legend McGrath, the preview says its gonna be Sachin vs Brett Lee. Since India is in final our warden allowed us to watch that match. I was waiting to see how stylish Lee action is. But since Sachin was out warden shut off the TV, i was double worried bcz I missed Lee. Then it took almost 6 months finally to see him in action during Boxing Day test, the day when Sehwag scored 195.

  • on July 13, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Thank you lee for all the entertainment. You were a wonderful human being n a gr8 gr8 bowler. Lot of respect !!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Cricket surely is going to miss one of the most lethal bowlers to have played in this era......I cant forget his blood soaked face in the quarter finals against India.......salute to u Brett Lee.......I respect u a lot for your dignity true sportsmanship......

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Without caring about the records he just quit !!!! Love this attitude of Aussies!!!!Thats why I say Aussie Aussie Aussie Oye Oye Oye !!!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, ur my fav bowler lee nd i will miss seeing u in the austrailian line up, thnks

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    still remember how you give hand to D.Perera to stand after fell in the pitch! true fighter....cricket miss u Lee...gud luck from Sri lanka fan.one of greatest bowlers i hd seen

  • derpherp on July 13, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    i grew up with brett lee, he debuted when i first started following cricket when i was young. favourite bowler of all time, shame he has to go but this day was always coming. thanks for the entertainment all these years bing

  • Farrukh.91. on July 13, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Another quick stepping down after Shoab Akhtar, really have to work very hard on the pitches nowadays!

  • whatawicket on July 13, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    the ashes trophy can never be bettered . but the scene of brett lee and andrew flintoff at the finish of the birmingham test of 05. with andy commiserating with brett would be nice as a trophy. maybe the player of an ashes series. the NRL in australia for rugby league have one of players, a forward and a back covered in mud im sure someone will remind us.but that could be very fitting as both finished their careers with injuries

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    We'll miss u Lee.........

  • fr600 on July 13, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    The legend shall be missed.

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Good bye lethal lee..He grew in the shadow of two great bowlers.Truly one of the greatest of the modern day cricket.We will miss u binga.

  • adson80 on July 13, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Thank You brett lee in my opinion your the best bowler in the world. great speed and accuracy. you have set gret achievments such as the first bowler to get a hattrick in twenty20 internationals.You will be missed

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    i'll miss leee ... he was a great bowler

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    end of another great pace bowler who maintained all sort of disciplines in the cricket he played over the years. a valuable asset for australia but m sad as the pace bowler will not be seen for me in international cricket.

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Gud decision, Health must be given preference. Very Gud record and amazing speedy bowler.... @ rayfanatics: Shoaib Akhtar was your dad not a fast bowler. Shoaib and lee both were gud.Always love to see them.....

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    this really made me cry. i am a indian but brett lee will always be my favourite bowler. Thank You Brett Lee you will alway be missed :(

  • malangam2 on July 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Breat Lee so you very fast Bowler world number 01 but why are you retire to international cricket. Then your necessarily in your team player. Congratulation your feature

  • Taz786 on July 13, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Let's hope he doesn't end up like what Gilchist did, a washed up over the hill player who didn't know when to give up until it was obvious to everyone. That's what the IPL will do to you.

  • marlon17 on July 13, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Hats off to one the greatest fast bowler in the world BRETT LEE..!!! He was true fighter and 100 % commitment when he was on the field... Thanks for the all the entertainment.. World cricket will miss u badly... Wish u all the very best LEE..!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    He is not only a greatest cricketer. He is a kind person ever.

  • LovePakistan.2626 on July 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Well SO SAID TO LISTEN THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS A GR8 FAST BOWLER AUSTRALIA WOULD MISS HIM ALOT................................... he is a legend we not miss him

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    u r a legend and true fighter!!! we miss u !!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    thank u lee for the everything u have given and done for this wonderful game. we r gonna miss u a lot. we would like to see u in SLPL tooo. God bless u....

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    One of the best fast bowlers of this decade...!!...it was a great treat to watch you ball....the enthusiasm,the audacity ...the funny faces...dearly miss these moments.

  • bigdhonifan on July 13, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Brett Lee = 10 Shoaib Akthar!! Shoaid Akthar never a good bowler... Akthar just had speed and perform once in 25 Matches!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    A true HERO of all time... BINGA LEE.... Did nt expect this... But this is of course the right time, giving way for Pat Cummins and Pattinson..... More than a good bowler, he was a true cricketer.... Eager to see him in BBL and IPL...

  • bigdhonifan on July 13, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Always a fan!!!! All the best Brett, Will see you here in IPL....

  • BattosaiXX on July 13, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    @rayfanatics , Shoaib was a better faster bowler and more competitive, but was not a team player and was not fit. Therefore, he played a lot less. Shoaib was definately not humble and overall Bret less is better, since he is the only bowler to stay that long, while bowling at those speed. I guess he is more disciplined. This day is about Bret lee and not shoaib, so leave him out of this.

  • azmat20031 on July 13, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @rayfanatics....There is a world beyond australia and to say shoaib akhtar wasn't a good fast bowler is the funniest thing i have ever heard..Lee might be better but that doesn't makes shoaib any less competent

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    a great bowler of all time strikking the stumps above 90 mph with a great talent can never be replaced by any fast bowler the cricket lovers are gonna miss himm a looooooooooooot he is a extraordinary human cannot forget him.

  • on July 13, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    He give us entertainment and excitement. Hat off for him and best wishes for future. he was a good cricket player

  • 512fm on July 13, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I'm a kiwi and Lee has always been my favourite player and biggest inspiration, always made me want to bowl fast when i watched him. Its a real shame as I remember him constantly saying he would leave once he could not bowl fast anymore, and he is still bowling consistently in the mid 140s and I thin still had quite a bit left to offer. It was obviously the right time for him though and he will go down an absolute legend in my books.

  • gsamiru on July 13, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    You are really a true gentleman and a giant Super Star in the Cricket field. .................. Feel sad about loosing such a legend ............ :( Mr. BL nothing to give, but wish you everlasting happiness in your life ahead ...... !

  • on July 13, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Two of the "best gentlemen" of modern cricket retired in the same year -- Bret Lee & Rahul Dravid.

  • on July 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Great cricketer, and more importantly a great human being. An excellent role model for the young pacers, being tried out for the Aussie team. Hope, he is also a good role model to Zaheer Khan, when it comes to timely retirement. Zak, are you listening? Since young pacers respect both Lee and Zak, both could become excellent pace bowling coaches. Are the respective Boards listening?

  • on July 13, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Another Aussie enters the Hall Of Fame. Brett Lee you are an amazing cricketer and a great human being. You will surely be missed by the cricket lovers from all around the world.

  • rayfanatics on July 13, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @Areeb Imran, I wonder why you mention Shoaib Akhtar in context of this article. Shoaib was neither a good fast bowler or competitor like Lee and most importantly not a great team man and a gentleman like Binga. Fantastic career Brett, sad to see you go. You have done your country proud and hope to see more of you in the IPL.

  • on July 13, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    My fav.bowler as well as he was the most feared bowler for me As a Sri Lankan when our guys bat,he is aggressive and attacking he is a real fast bowler for me... Miss U biG Time BINGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(always loved the minigame between u and jayasuriya when i was 6-7 years old)

  • on July 13, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Amazing fast bowler, he along with Shoaib Akhtar can be considered to be legends of fast bowling in the 2000's . Despite living the era of Australian dominance he retained his humbleness till the last day.......

  • ozwriter on July 13, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Lee has grown to earn the respect of the cricket fan. in his conference, he speaks with great humility, calm and maturity. respect. he will be remembered as a legendary fast bowler. will still support lee in IPL/BBL. another big blow for australia cricket.

  • on July 13, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    A good,fit n perfect fast bowler..Aussies will feel his absence..good bye LEE

  • GerrardLK on July 13, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Miss you Binga. A true Legend and a Champion bowler. Thanks for all the entertainment & wish you all success.

  • on July 13, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Best memory is him smiling with Graham Swann after Swann had impersonated his wicket celebration....... can give it and also take it back.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 13, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Salute Mr. Lee. We can only wish and hope to see a bowler of your class in Indian uniform. Wish you the best of luck in whatever you decide to do

  • on July 13, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    First of all: respect for Lee - a gentleman and a great bowler! I think quality of bowlers have declined during the years, retirement of Shoaib Akhtar and now Brett Lee would leave a gaping hole as far as genuine fast bowlers are concerned. With too much money on offing, bowlers are reluctant to bowl fast so that they can prolong their careers which in turn is quite unfortuate. Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee would be sorely missed in international cricket!

    Good luck, you guys! :)

  • HumungousFungus on July 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    The finest tribute I can pay Brett Lee is that I never saw anything from him, either on the pitch or off it, to make me think that he is anything other than one of the nicest blokes to ever play international cricket. You could coherently argue that this personality type is completely at odds with the type of cricketer Brett is, namely a consistently and genuinely fast bowler, able to swing the ball conventionally and reverse, and whose two hallmark deliveries, the searing yorker and the perfume ball bouncer, had cricket watchers everywhere on the edges of their seats as he charged in to bowl. Was he the best of this incredible group of Australian bowlers? Probably not. McGrath, certainly, and the young Gillespie, probably, would shade it. Was he the sort of bowler who you'd pay money to watch and happily buy a drink for in the bar afterwards? Absolutely. Enjoy your retirement Brett, it's been a pleasure watching you, and the game is poorer for your departure.

  • mr.truth on July 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    lee u have taken a wrong decision take short rest and come to ground still u r the hero

  • govs4cricket on July 13, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    now a days..cricket is too much & I am sure from now onwards no fast Bowler is going to have so long career..

  • rohittttt on July 13, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    We wish good luck for the future to Lee, the great bowler of Australia that ever had, we always remember Brett lee smile and want to saw him continuously in IPL and BBL, And we also never ever forget brett style after taking wicket which DADA follows in so many matches after picking wicket.

  • on July 13, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Its being an a big honor to live in Brett's era.... No one can ever forget you big heart man.... :'(

  • on July 13, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    one of my all time favourite Aussi cricketers, and Im West Indian

  • Hanuman1206 on July 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    A big salute to true brand ambassder of Aus cricket, he is great bowler in the squad one of the finest and thorough human being.

  • Akheel on July 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Well done, Bret. Thank you for entertainment. wishing you the best for future! but don't go singing for a living, you suck at it ;-))

  • on July 13, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Hats off to a demon when it comes to pace but one of warmest of personalities among cricketing legends...Farewell my friend... We are coming an end of an era of quality fast bowling!

  • cooldxve on July 13, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    With Bret Lee and Shoaib Akhtar gone, only Shaun Tait remains in the 100m.p.h. batch. After Shaun retires it will be an end of 100m.p.h era.

  • on July 13, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    A LEGEND CALLS IT QUITS!!! HE GOES DOWN AS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE AUSIES PLAYERS EVERY TO PLAY THE GAME!!! A GREAT SPORTSMEN AND A GOOD HEARTED MAN!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    A great legend of the game, we will miss you, you have done a great job for your country, they must be proud on you. Thanks to BBL and IPL we will see you in action again.

  • AKS286 on July 13, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    one of the members of punter's winning team. this is the true line "will play in bbl & ipl" because all injuries are perfectly healed when IPL comes. and if a team can't qualify for next round and still league matches are left then again injury hits.

  • SuperSharky on July 13, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Another Great called it a day. Thanx for the memories.

  • on July 13, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    one of my favourites....love his action

  • newMachine on July 13, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Mark now Lee...sad soo sad.....Lee will remain one of the greatest bowlers of all times in my book.

  • Spokes007 on July 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    A sad day for cricket. It will atke years before we see anyone close to Lee. Thank you for the fears you built in me, and joy of batsmen being tortured by your repenting pace and accuracy.

  • on July 13, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    you will be missed a lot.the greatest fast bowler of all time in the history of cricket,no kept a so consistent bowling record at a pace of 145+.

  • on July 13, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    You will be missed a lot, Brett Lee! :(

  • Victory_Swipers on July 13, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    lee the best bowler of all time.people all over the world will miss u.

  • on July 13, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    again a dark day for world cricket...we will gonna miss him very much

  • Rajeev129 on July 13, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    One of the best fast bowlers to be remembered. He has got such an wonderful bowling action, absolute lethal speed, pin point accuracy and fantastic athleticism in the field. He is the role model for many fast bowlers across India. Every bowler starting from a street to International would love to imitate this guy.

    WE REALLY MISS YOU BINGA.

  • on July 13, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Will miss you LEE...Will miss your deadly deliveries...and your charming personality on the field...A great Aussie!!!!!It wont be the same without you opening the bowling attack..Good luck for future!!!!

  • jaininshah9 on July 13, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    The only current Australian player I respect as a sports person is Brett Lee!! Sad to see him go!!!

  • RogerC on July 13, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Brett Lee, the most liked fast bowler of modern cricket. Being an aussie, that's a tough thing to achieve.

  • ProdigyA on July 13, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    A bolwer with a heart, not many can boast of. A true fast bolwer, fighter and champion. Thanks for all the memories Bret, wish u success in whatever u chose to do. Hope BCCI can use his services as a bowling coach.

  • Heart_of_Oak on July 13, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Lee was a great cricketer who played the game the way it should be played, at 100% and with passion. He's a great example not just for other fast bowlers but for any cricketer. Though we've now seen the last of him on an English cricket pitch, maybe we'll hear from him as a commentator. It'd be a great waste if his knowledge couldn't be used in some capacity.

    On another note, perhaps team doctors or medics involved with teams, need to look at the physical pressures fast bowlers face and see if there's a different approach to fitness, exercise or something that could be implemented, to enable them to play the game for longer and with fewer injuries. Anyone remember David Lawrence ? Shaun Tait ? Simon Jones ? English fast bowlers are often injured as well - Stuart Broad has had injuries. Tremlett is just back from a serious long term injury. Before the last India tour of England, Zaheer was injured. This is a wider problem than we realise and it needs urgent attention.

  • on July 13, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    So Lee retired too....Cricket is no more a fast game now.........Now Spinners will rule the Game(as they are ruling it now).....This New Generation will think that Siddle, broad, Gul etc is the Definition of Super fast although they are no way even close to shoaib, lee and co. I am super honored to be Part of the generation that grew up watching fast bowlers Like LEE, AKHTER, BOND and TAIT. Missing Super fast Old Days.....

  • on July 13, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    OMG Boucher, Taibu and now Lee. Brett lee you were great , your legacy will live on.

  • TheSachinGod on July 13, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Now looking at how people are retiring at an early age and still wanting to participate in IPL and other T20 tournaments, I think Sachin is the greatest and most unselfish cricketer you can ever find. At an age of 39, he still wants to contribute to country unlike many of the cricketers who retire from International, don't play for their country, but continue playing for T20 tournaments.

  • PratUSA on July 13, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Well done Brett. You had an awesome career. I remember how long you had to wait for your debut, being a constant 12th man. And I'll always be sharing with other watching you in Ahmedabad last year in the world cup quarterfinal, fielding on the boundary, having fun and smiling at the crowd, cheering them up. I can absolutely recall many many thrilling moments you gave us by your displays on the field. Some of those were against my team India but hey, I still loved those. Thanks for everything (cricket, music, charity) and wish you best for future.

  • SushantBodke on July 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    The last of the fierce fast bowlers of our generation, and maybe the the last for a very long time. At his peak, no bowler today compares to his aggression, pace, accuracy and attitude. The "Hollywood", as Steve Waugh used to call him. One of the few bowlers who actually made you fear them. I remember getting scared everytime he came to bowl against Sachin, Dravid or Sehwag. You will be missed a lot... They dont make 'em like you any more! Cheers!!!

  • Robtyson on July 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Lee has announced his retirement at the right time. He had maintained his physique very well all these years.Genuine fast bowler.Hats of to him!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I always miss a Stylist & one of the best bowler for ever .....best of luck.............." Lee "

  • SnowSnake on July 13, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Good luck, Brett Lee. You were the last of the breed of fast bowlers to ever play in test cricket. Now, we are left with fast medium bowlers with fast blower titles. Gone are days of Lee, Akthar and Bond. Test cricket has gotten really boring without high speed fast bowlers!

  • glance_to_leg on July 13, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    A wonderfully entertaining cricketer and, as far as I could tell, an absolutely delightful man: sporting, generous, always smiling, pleasant to fans, humane, unselfish (not qualities one usually associates with professional sportsmen, and, perhaps, especially Australian ones ... although they have other admirable characteristics I am sure). I shall miss that smile, and the sight of his running in with such grace and athleticism. Enjoy the final years of your career. Well played!

  • 777aditya on July 13, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Two huge retirements in one week - Boucher and Lee, both wonderful exponents at their trade. Lee is the epitome of fitness - bowled with a lot of heart, fielded aggressively, and even batted out of his skin (will never forget the epic moment when Flintoff consoled Lee for the Aussie loss in the famous Ashes test). He sung a duet with Asha Bhonsle - ask anyone in India who she is, which goes on to show his talents apart from cricket. He will surely be missed in the Aussie camp - THE MAN, THE PLAYER, THE BRETT LEE!!!!!!

  • mcsdl on July 13, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Brett Lee is a modernday great. Sad to see him go. He was the last one left from the great era of fast bowling. Wish him all the best.!

  • teo. on July 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    always admired how he could bowl so fast, SO CONSISTENTLY!!!! spell after spell, year after year!! I remember a spell in SA where he bowled at 150km/h for every ball, in a spell..... remarkable!! I am sure if you average the speed of ALL his deliveries over his career, it would be the highest of all time.

  • Animesh_Chauhan on July 13, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    It is a sad news indeed but we have to respect it that lee quits from internationals. he could still play one or two years but he decided to quit and make way for young bowlers, that shows how great he is. we miss you champ ! We love you forever !

  • on July 13, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    BINGA!!!!!!!!!! CRICKET IS GOIN TO MISS HIM

  • on July 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Truly I love his smile. Hope he will do will well with IPL and other forms of Cricket he plays in the future. Get well soon. All the best Gent....

  • Animesh_Chauhan on July 13, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Another great cricketer retired this season. we miss him a lot as he was always energetic, raring to bowl and fight for his team. he is true champion. I always love the battle between sehwag and lee. thanks to him as he will ipl and cl. we wish you great lifeand love you so much! From india >>>

  • whoster on July 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Brett Lee always played the game in the right spirit, and proved that you can give it absolutely everything but still be able to smile and show obvious enjoyment. Whether he had a ball or bat in his hand, he was always so exciting to watch. He's got a splendid record in Tests and ODI's, and he played a major part in Australia's period of world domination. Cricket always needs characters, and Brett was one of them, as well as being a great sport and one of the real gentlemen of the game.

  • bigben_bigben on July 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    He was a real joy to watch in his first 2 seasons when he was at his quickest. The long and aggressive run up and a beautiful delivery stride and bowling action. What fast bowling is all about. The only fast bowler left now and worth watching today just for the art of fast bowling is Dale Steyn. There are many good fast bowlers out there but but for Steyn, not the inspiring kind. Brett Lee was that kind.

  • Animesh_Chauhan on July 13, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    It is disheartening for me. i am your die hard fan mr. Lee, i watched every match of aus because of you ! thank u for giving us fond memories through out. you are not only the great bowler but good human being also. i have always seen you as a fighter. we all indian luv you a lot, we miss u in internations. we are happy that you will still play in ipl. BIG BIG THANKS TO YOU FROM ALL INDIAN TO ENTERTAINING US THROUGH OUT YOUR CAREER ! LUV U AGAIN !

  • Vu1ture on July 13, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Oh no, a true cricketer to the core - Brett, you were my fav! Going to miss seeing you in action, Bud.

  • on July 13, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Really sad to see one of the all time best fast bowler retire today! A true legend..and a true gentlemen..It was because of him i started watching cricket.. Sad to see him go but i think a lot of batsman around the world will have a peacefull sleep today! I wish he would have continued because cricket will seem very boring without him. Australia's greatest fast bowler....LEGEND..hats off!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Surely,A sad day for Cricket!

  • on July 13, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    You are the best fast bowler and good charecter world have ever seen and ever will see in future.............good luck

  • on July 13, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    oh i will miss him ... such a talented bowler he is

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on July 13, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Great cricketer - but an even greater man. Of all the Aussies that I've seen over the past 40+ years, Lee and Gilchrist are probably the two for whom I have had the most respect. No-one put more effort into their time on the pitch than Brett Lee, yet no-one clearly enjoyed themselves more. He was always a true gentlemen and this will be reflected in the comments that will undoubtedly follow, not just from other Australians, but more tellingly from his opponents over the past 13 years. From an England supporter, thanks for all the memories, Brett and good luck with whatever path you now choose to follow.

  • krishna_spider on July 13, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    we will really miss you(lee).... AUS needs fast bowler like lee ........ALL the best for ur career ..it is be happy for us to see u in IPL

  • on July 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Can't say I like many Aussie players, being a pom as I am, but I do like and respect Brett Lee - a true gent and great sportsman.

  • on July 13, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    well done Lee, u r not only a great bowler, u have also a great personality.

  • on July 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    with shoaib akhter he is the quickest of all, so no more quicks to follow , i remembr in my childhood i wantd to ball like him,evn all of us copy thm , bt nt anymore fr childrens,we definitly miss bothof them, specilay shoaib

  • on July 13, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I MISSING U LEE U R THE BEST BOWLER IN THE AUSTRAILIAN SIDE

  • on July 13, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Lee we mess u from international cricket pls com back stell your cricket to pal moor we mess u .

  • on July 13, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    1 of d best behaved Australian cricketer...........also 1 of d bst fast bowler in d world

  • on July 13, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    YOU WILL BE MISSED A LOT.A guy who bold fast and furious spells but had such a gentle and charming smile throughout the match.

  • caughtatcover on July 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    An true blue aussie legend has called it a day. Good on him to have realised that he couldn't continue with fast paced demands of international cricket. He shall be remembered for all his contribution to the team thorough out his magnificent career. Good luck to him in his future endeavors.

  • suprabadh on July 13, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    It has become customary for any great player to retire with proven fitness when at prime of the career. Lee is known for his hostile delivery and persistent ability to achieve something fruitful for Australia at every time he is in the team. We can also note a point from the movement as well as the character of Lee that he is always mind-blowing and has an urge to perform for the country and motivate the co-bowlers to do their best. The victories recorded by Australia when Lee stood as fire-force in achieving them. KUDOS TO HIM FOR SPLENDID PERFORMANCE TILL THIS DAY.

  • on July 13, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    ...and cricket lose another of its few spectacles :(

  • s.a.91 on July 13, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    This is unbelievable. This was the worst week for cricket. Every time I open Cricinfo I see a bad news. Brett Lee retiring is probably the worst for me.

  • Sarthak1305 on July 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    In the era when rest of the world kind of hated aussies for their in your face attitude they always somehow found respect and affection for Lee that was the stature of a man. It shall forever read Brett Lee: Great fast bowler and a good man, cya in the nxt IPL man

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar retired last year and now Brett Lee. It was great experience to see these speedsters bowl. I hope to see some new raw pacers to emerge in coming years who can constantly bowl 150+ and bowl vicious bouncers and in swinging toe crushers

  • here2rock on July 13, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Brett Lee was always fun to watch even on rare days when he was struggling with his cricket. Regardless of the bad day at the office he always had the smile on his face and doing his stuff for the team. He always made me laugh when sledging his opponents because he was just a "nice" guy and not his style. It was not in his blood to be "bad". His bowling did most of the talking on cricket field. At his best he would be the last person you would want to face because if he could not get you out he could seriously hurt you.

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    wish you all the best for future Lee. One of the best fast bowler of all time and now we can say that there is no more fast and furious in the game of cricket. you will be missed big time!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    It is end of an successful era and we will miss you and your fast bowling that will remembered always especially that yorker ball that bowled to Marvan Attapattu in semi-final of World Cup 2003!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Great fast bowler in the calibre of Lillee,Thomson & Mcgrath.Cricket will miss his aggresive approach around the world.Statistics speaks for his fantastic contribution to Australian cricket and Cricket in general.Good Luck and Happy retirement Bret. You will be missed by all crciket fans.

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    THE MOST EVER FINEST BOWLING ACTION IN CRICKET HISTORY GOT ENDED THIS MORNING FROM INTERNATIONAL ARENA... :( I WILL MISS THE ACTION WITH THAT YELLOW JERSEY.... X((

  • Tufey_Fatos on July 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Cricket will miss A fast bowler of such Great Talent !

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Not only a great cricketer, but one of the greatest sportsman and ambassador of cricket. You will be missed Brett Lee. Best of luck to your future endeavors.

  • whatawicket on July 13, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    a real gent of cricket and such pace over a long period. you may not be classed as a great bowler, as great is a name used far to often. but add to what you do outside the game then very near.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 13, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Had a bowling action that should've been in every textbook. And a competitive streak to match. A true fighter, never let a game go against all the odds. I will miss watching Lee compete in the Ashes immensely. His sportsmanship was at odds with most of his team-mates. You never saw him throw a tantrum like Ponting. Indeed, His sportsmanship was akin to the English not the Australian way of playing. A truely great player.

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    A true cricketer, we wud miss him

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Another Legend, Oh Lee, Great Fast Bowler, You should stay till upcoming T20 Worldcup.

  • labella on July 13, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Best bowler with consistent good pace bowling,real asset for any team international or club side. Australia has been lucky in past having three best strike bowlers of world in one team at one time warne,mcgrath and lee.All three r gone along with waugh brothers,pontings,haydens,gillys etc. any team will struggle after such huge changes big time but still australia r playing very good cricket and winning almost everything except last england series.i think if india or any other team have to go through such phase than they have to sent in lower grade of cricket to prove themselves.So champions r champions dont point finger on them

  • Min2_cric on July 13, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    so many retirements, taibu boucher n now lee...n also boucher couldnt complete 1000 wickets n lee also couldnt becum highest wicket taker for aussies...sad...

  • on July 13, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Really sad to see another real time pace bowler going out of the international arena. After the departure of likes of Shoaib AKhtar and Shane Bond he was the only existing pace bowler who could even bowl at 155kph at will. There are still bowlers like Dale Steyn, Morne MOrkal and Lasith Malinga but they are far behind in terms of class and quality when we compare them from the above mentioned three. They were real match winners who could win you matches even in the span of 3 deliveries. We ll miss the pace, anguish and class of all these real time fast bowlers and wish u best of luck for your future expeditions Brett Lee. You won our hearts all the time u played

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    All the best BRETT LEE means B_Bright R-Respond E-Energy T-Talent T-Target L-Love for Cricket E-Enthusiasm E-Encourage young crciketers. All the best for your 2nd Innings in cricket.

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    lee is the true athletic...............we miss u.................THE GREAT BREET LEE...

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    He was aggressive but any of his opponents never complaint about him I thing because of that million dollar smile.

  • akber871 on July 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    One of my favorite player.. He was great player and i feed very sad due to his retirement..:(

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on July 13, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    A great competitor and all-round top bloke. Well played sir !

  • DAHSUT on July 13, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    is it a bad dream or wht binga is the best fast bowler i have ever seen and im sure i will never ever see such a good express fast bowler.a true ambassador for the game a champion and a typical aussi

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Well,Bret Lee is one of the greatest fast bowler ever produced by Aussies,I always love the way play with both bat and ball.Anyway Brett ,wish you all the best for your future proceedings,

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Nobody can replace him... lee is simply the best fast bowler of our time. the perfect style and pace for a fast bowler, with the grin on his face always. helped aussies win several matches wit both bat and bowl. he is a champion who always hard fought. Fair the well Lee... will miss u...

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Oh god We will miss you very much.

  • HadleeCrowe on July 13, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    a far greater passing than Macgrath... someone I always enjoyed watching charge in determined to scare the hell out of batsmen... The end of a genuine quick bowler is the saddest thing in cricket... batsmen come and go medium dribblies should retire early but true pace is rare ....

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    wow, i am left heartbroken, all these years watching brett play its been really exciting, a great moment for all the cricket fans. I will always remember Brett as my role model, a person who i learn't how to bowl fast watching him play :'(

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Friday the 13th, 2012....13 years of awesome career...totally apt !! I grew up watching you play cricket, you bowled like a killer fast bowler, speed fast enough to give jitters to even the greatest batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar n Jacques Kallis !! Really shocking to learn abt ur retirement.....Cricket will miss you big time, Australia won't be feared now n will not be the supreme power anymore, thats your class !! But IPL is still there, we will come to the stadiums and watch you kill the other batsmen with your speed here in India....retiring like a rockstar, you will always remain legennnn.....wait for it........dary !! LEGENDARY !! :D

  • Sports4Youth on July 13, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    End of an ERA of the fast & Furious Speed Demons. I always had a very special respect for Brett Lee & Shoeb Akhtar. The two guys never gave up their speed, for as long as they played they were quick, real quick, unlike others who would start compromising on speed at the age of 30 and by the time they reach 35 , become ordinary medium pacers.. In the past we used to have many dreaded fast bowlers, specially from WI & Aus , but in recent times these two gentlement were the geniun speed demons. Frankly after reading the news I find something very hollow in my heart. Suddenly I feel cricket has become very poor. But those are my fealings. As for Brett, LET US ALL WISH ALL THE BEST FOR HIM IN LIFE & IN HIS SECOND INNINGS.The two gentlemen Brett & Shoeb have inspired Millions of youngters around the globe and I hope their second innings will be equally illustrous and more peaceful and meaningful.

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Brett made a good decision by calling it a day.he was off color of late!but he'll be missed by the whole cricketing fraternity!!:(

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    i still remember his debut series where the indian team was whitewashed. it was quiet evident then that brett will have a long and successful international career. but more than that, he is a wonderful sportsperson. on numerous occasions, i have seen brett clap for his opponents, shake hands with opposition players who've played well or reached a milestone. that sportsman spirit is what is missing these days. brett, you've been a wonderful sportsman. you've made the right decision. best of luck for your future.

  • suve on July 13, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    What a Brilliant Fast Bowler he was, Good Luck for the future Binga !!!. The Australian Bowling attack will now be spineless without him.

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    heart 4 international cricket

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Superb sportsman with superb action with beautiful strides ! Well done B.Lee.

  • on July 13, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    very big blow for aus....they have in great trouble after losing ricky lee magrath hadyen gille and so many other....very hard to find thier replacements and let see how aus will get back previous pride and glory...

  • passionatecricbug on July 13, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    the players we looked forward to watch are either retiring or are making themselves unavailable for one reason or the other. Now seeing a perfect delivery or a perfect shot is getting more scarce. why r you snatching cricket away from me?

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 13, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    At least now, in the absence of a quick like lee, aus need to play a strike bowler like lee in t20 wc instead of medium pacers like mckay, marsh or christian. This is wat aus should do in t20wc: Warner,Watson, Wade, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, James Faulkner, Brad Hogg, Nathan Lyon, Ryan Harris.

    John Inverarity, please play this team and see the results.They wll efinitely be better than the present ones.

  • Rage468 on July 13, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    International cricket is doomed to go down.. other leagues will appear soon and spectators would crave for international cricket. this is inevitable

  • bored_iam on July 13, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Wish u all the best for ur future: for ur family, ur music and life in total! :-)

  • Sunil_Batra on July 13, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    @Mat_Mcintosh, Lee retired, no one passed away mate.

  • ravi_hari on July 13, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    One of the most fascinating fast bowlers ever. Among contemporararies - Bond, Shoaib, Lee was the best in terms of endurance. Despite playing second fiddle to McGrath, he created his own image and contributed immensely to the Aussie team. He averages 2 wkts. every test innings and almost the same in ODIs. It is an amazing record. He never compromised with pace on any kind of wkt. One can enjoy his bowling by just looking at him - smiling face, athletic body, perfect run-up, neat action and balanced follow through. It looked like a robot operating! It is very difficult to get another bowler like Lee. Thank you Brett for enthralling cricket enthusiasts for 13 long years. We all wish you the very best in any thing you do - singing, acting, playing or just parenting. You will be missed more by cricket lovers than the Australia team as we loved you for being a cricketer first. You will become an excellent coach. consider replacing Lillee in MRF pace academy Lee and churn out more Lees!

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Always been a big fan of u Binga. After loosing both Lee & shoaib there is not much desire left in me to watch a fast bowler bowling lightening fast, no more thrill, no nail bitting............ cricket will still go on without you & shoaib but just like watching a funeral silently wish u very best of luck in your future life...

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Brett Lee was one of the best speed-star! I will really miss him! :(

  • CamS71 on July 13, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Your contest on the Sunday morning batting against Freddie & co in 05 is one for the archives. Don't be a stranger to the UK, you're always welcome. Happy retirement Brett, you deserve it.

  • P.D.DESAI on July 13, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    The thing i like the most about Lee other than his speed, bowling skill & personality is SOME AMUSING WAYS he celebrates a wicket. Specially the one PUNCHING THE GROUND.

  • nickcoxhill on July 13, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Thanks for the memories, Brett. My main memory of you will be your fighting 42* vs England at Edgbaston 2005. You almost got us over the line. Well done on a great career.

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Hats off to LEE....Awesome Cricketer...We will miss you

  • krishheturi on July 13, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    even i am an indian i admire brett than any one because of brett lee today i am a good fast bowler in my college team i learnt a lot from brett and now i can bowl at 150-155 kmph regularly brett is my teacher my friend everything sad to hear the retirment news of brett lee all the best for your rest of life sir my suggestion is every kid must take brett lee as his role model and try to learn techniques in fast bowling especially in countries like india where we find no fast bowlers bowling with pace and variations

  • cheeseburgers on July 13, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Well done mate - see U in BBL and IPL

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Will Miss U alot on field........GOOD LUCK for the future...

  • emmersonne on July 13, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Had the pleasure of meeting Brett once at a Corporate Event - lovely guy. Wish him all the best.

  • JG2704 on July 13, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Decent player , decent bloke. The last of the bowlers from that great Australian era.

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    what can i say about this..he was my childhood hero...i can't believe he is out of international cricket....Mcgrath,warne,brett lee,ponting,hayden,symonds ,gilchrist team comes together once in a life team. i am very glad that i have watched excellent cricket in tv with these guys...brett lee i congratulate you for your wonderful carrier and i wish you good luck to your future...

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    we will always miss u man

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Your record is most impressive. But beyond that, you have always been a complete gentleman of the game. Thanks for maintaining such a likeable and bearing, both on-field and off. And for not spitting on the field walking back to your mark!

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    End of An Era....... Brett Lee you are the legend of legends.....

  • 4test90 on July 13, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I have seen a lot of Test cricket and one of my great memories was this man in his debut test here in Melb in Dec99. On a gloomy day he brightened it by taking 3 wickets in an over through sheer pace. All you Tendulkar lovers will take note that he was at the other end, and ended up making a century !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    International Cricket will miss him, I am glad we can see him IPL / BPL , I wish he becomes a fast bowling coach for Indian team

  • Marcio on July 13, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Thought he could've played another season or two, and his experince would have been great for the young fastbowlers coming through, most of whom are a season or two away from maturity. Still, thanks for some great memories, and a very enthusiastic and talented cricketer.

  • bleedblue_sach on July 13, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Cricket lost yet another fast bowling legend... Wishing Lee a peaceful and excellent days ahead.. Outside International cricket :) All the Best LEEEEE

  • Trigger123 on July 13, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Great Cricketer and very good person!!!1

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    You will be missed Brett Lee - thank you for the memories !!

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    feeling sad. i c no no charm in cricket widout shoaib akhter n bret lee. babye baby faced assassin.

  • alikhan224 on July 13, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Brett lee surely was one of the finest cricketers of all times, both on and off the field...i have been watching cricket since 1992 but i can surely say that i haven't seen such a down to earth and well mannered cricketer till today,very unlike australians...he might be aggressive while bowling and a fast bowler like him must be, but he would always be the 1st to applaud a batsman after he hit a century or he would be the 1st to congratulate the opponent team on their victory...he is a fantastic gentleman and it will be gr8 to keep him watching in BBL...Lee u have been a true legend and the most good looking and charming cricketer of ur era...GOD bless.

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    great cricketer and a true sportsman he was one of the good ones among the golden generation

  • Athar.Saeed on July 13, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    It's sad news, why, because I did not like the timing of the retirement. Perhaps he should have waited for recovery. Retirement at peak and action is not in every body's fate. Best and honored example of retirement is Imran Khan, after winning world cup 92.

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    binga 1st of all congratulations to u on such an illustrious career... u r truly the best bowler in the world...will miss u so much..and u r truly the biggest ambassador of the game of cricket

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Hatts off to the Awsum Fast Bowler. . World cricket has become orphan after Lee & Akhtar..

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Really sad to see Binga retire! He is one of the best fast bowlers ever! But at least he'll still play for the IPL!

  • Pacelikefire_Samrat on July 13, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I still remember his 1st over in Intl cricket,against India in Dec 1999.For the last 14 years we have been blessed to watch him bowl.The way he would run to the crease and deliver a thunderbolt at 100mph.The unsung hero of the 2003 wc and arguably the most charismatic cricketer ever.Thanks for the memories Binga,thanks for the sheer happiness you brought to all of us.Hope to see you as our Indian bowling coach.Take a bow my brother,will miss seeing you.

  • AjitNarayan on July 13, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    One of my favourite cricketers. Puts in a 110% and gets the job done in a gentlemanly way.

  • on July 13, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    brett, i will not ever forget you..!! may god bless!

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on July 13, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Have a fun life ahead mate , we all will miss you .... watching lee , akhtar and shane bond scare the hell out of batsmen with deliveries consistently topping 95 mph was one of my favorite sights in cricket.. aah those were the days !

  • yorkslanka on July 13, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    as many others have said, a true sportsman who played the game in the right way, hard but fair..great guy who takes a bit of banter in the best manner..i remember watching a T20 wc match between aus and sl in England and the majority of our stand were barracking him while he was fielding in front and his response was to turn around and stick his tongue out, which got rolls of laughter and an ovation from the crowd...good luck in the T20 arena Brett and hope the injuries clear up quickly..a Sri Lankan fan who has enjoyed watching you over many years

  • OhPakistan on July 13, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    One of the all time greats of modern cricket. Always gave his best. A JOY TO WATCH when in full flight ! Good luck with whatever he choose for future. Jawed/Karachi

  • Jack_Tka on July 13, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I consider Lee to be one among the great bowlers and a gentleman to that. He has bowled brilliantly ove rthe years and tormented many great batsmen: the likes of Kallis, Tendulkar, Dravid...and the list goes on. The perth test of India vs Aus comes to mind, that happened in the early 2000s. But I believe its the right time for him. He was a genuine quick and with new crops of fast bowlers flourishing in Aus, he seems to be correct in doing that. I do think that Lee is a kind of bowler who never compromises on speed to prolong his career. I wish him all the very best for future.

  • here2rock on July 13, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    A wonderful cricketer and human being, always had the smile on his face even when things were not going his way. He was deadly on a cricket field but friendly bloke next door off the field. He was the most popular cricketer among children when you had guys like Waugh brothers, Glenn McGrath, Gilchrist and Hayden around. His athletic run up to the wicket and leap was a sight for gods above. My greatest memories of him will be bowling as teenager to Tendulkar and like in his prime and that photo with Andrew Flintoff after losing the ashes test by a close margin. Thank you Bree Lee and all the best for the future and keep gracing the T20 format for few more years.

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Well played Brett. Good luck with whatever you are going to do besides T20!

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    i miss u lee every time ...love u

  • therajpawar on July 13, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    True sportman who never give up always try his best for whichever team he played. All the best binga!!!

  • vrn59 on July 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Legendary cricketer! Hats off to him!

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Those handsome strides and golden locks, the lightning speed and an ever- smiling face. No pace bowler was more charming. Even as an Indian I celebrated your success right from my childhood days. Bye bye Binga! Thanks for the memories.

  • MartinC on July 13, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    A true champion and a great sportsman as well. As an England fan I loved watching him bowl and play the game the right way - even if he was an Australian :-) The game will miss him.

    Anyone wondering why the Aussies are now an ordinary side just needs to think about the guys they lost in the space of a couple of years - Warne, MeGrath, Gilchrist (three all time greats) then truly world class players like Lee, Hayden, Langer. They have a couple of bowlers coming through who may be good (but great?) but the batting cupboard looks pretty empty.

  • Scube on July 13, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Thanks mate for all the special memories! One of the few loveable cricketers from Oz from 90s & early 2000s! @JonathanJosephs: Why do you expect the poor guy Sanga to retire anytime soon!?! He's in very good nick and only in his mid-30s unlike Sachin, Chanders, Ricky or Hussey knocking at the door of 40s! And as for Afridi retiring, he would be better off to silently leave the scene without making any more formal "announcements"!

  • Gilji on July 13, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Another big blow for Australia who have been suffering in one day cricket currently.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 13, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    He was great bowler espicially in limited overs cricket too bad he lost it all at the end.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 13, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    He was great bowler espicially in limited overs cricket too bad he lost it all at the end.

  • shantiratnamaj on July 13, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    it's easy to make the decision to retire now - because IPL and BBL are wide open: Why would you give up international cricket and say " you want to make way for youngsters" - if at all youngsters must play IPL and BBL and then come to internationals. ICC it's time to wake up - otherwise international cricket will go to its natural death.

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    he' one of the fastest bowler in world , its very awkward to hear that Lee has got retirement from cricket ... But still we can watch him in Ipl and Big Bash we miss u lee he's a legend and we want a great performance from Cummins...

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    The greatest athlete of our times...who would ever forget the 2011 world cup QF, where he got injured and bleeding his eyebrow, but still wore a band-aid and bowled that death overs....HE IS AND WILL BE THE INSPIRATION of many youth athletes.. Happy life ahead Brett, the HERO!

  • riverlime on July 13, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    My favourite bowler of the past 20 years, full stop. Not only for his technical prowess and never-say-die attitude, but for his humanity. When he knocked over Chanders with a blow to the head, his first instinct was to run to him to see if he was okay. Not even my beloved WI quartet would do that. Thank you for being , Brett.

  • Jishnu.v.v on July 13, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Great bowler!!! will be missed!!

  • SurajAnand on July 13, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    sad to hear this.. such a wonderful player,, and my best one,,, top australian.. we will miss u lee..

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    A sad week for cricket world with legends like Mark Boucher and Brett Lee retiring....:(

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Cant imagine austalia without Brett Lee.

  • IndiaCricketFans on July 13, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Brett Lee was just short of one wkt to be at par with Mcgrath. Still he said bye bye.

  • johntycodes on July 13, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    I have bagged him over the years and the last 3 years he should never have been picked for us but now he has retired I must thank him for all he did in his early years. Wasn't a damaging test player but funnily enough the best moments from him both in tests and one dayers was when he was batting.

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    a true champion and a great ambassador for the game...thank you 'BINGA' for the memories....legend..!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    all my favorite cricketers are leaving one by one

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on July 13, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    It is really a sorrow news for us.

  • JohnSM on July 13, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Fantastic Limited overs bowler. some fantastic spells from this man. What really amazed me is how his intensity never wavered over 13 years, and for a fast bowler who often touched speeds of 95 plus, that is quite remarkable.

    Will be sorely missed by cricket fans worldwide.

  • nzcricket174 on July 13, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Perfect action, perfect attitude, a true legend of the game. His duels with Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar will remain folklore.

  • bharath74 on July 13, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Legend, we will remember him as one of the best fast bowler of the era. Looks like fast bowlers are endangered species at the verge of extinction . We will miss you Brett! u r simply awesome!!!!

  • Muthu_Team on July 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Its been a pleasure to watch Brett Lee in full flow. I remember waking up in the morning and watched his debut series against India and Pakistan where he terrorised players like Inzi, Sachin, RD etc... Good thing about Brett Lee is that he is a great guy who takes sport in a right spirit, rewind back to 2005 Ashes you will see that. Flintoff consoling him and he congratulating him, I don't think we could see that current crop of players. For me, that's the image to remember of him....

  • wasimahm on July 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    The most committed soul you'll ever see on a cricket field.Bowling,batting or fielding Brett Lee's commitment was always 100%.Will always be remembered for that Atapattu delivery at over 160 kph and the 42 at Edgbaston in the 2005 Ashes.Cricket will seriously miss him.With both Shoaib Akthar and Lee gone I think we can say its an end of an era.

  • Gujjar313 on July 13, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    shoaib,lee,bond are the beauty of cricket. i love these guys. all the best lee for future. good by

  • ajuhs on July 13, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    One of the best fast bowlers, consistent, passionate, humble, never involved in controversies, cricket will miss you, you have contributed so much to cricket...

    Hope to see you in other roles, i.e bowling coach, etc..

  • S.Jagernath on July 13, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    A sad day for cricket!Brett Lee is definitely one of the great cricketers of the modern era.Wish his test stats were better though.

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    The sight of Brett Lee running in to bowl at any batsman in the world was a fantastic sight. He has been a great contributor to the game in the last decade and he can retire peacefully. Wish we could see him one last time in a ODI bwoling to Sachin....all the best Brett

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Thank you Brett Lee for the 13 years of spark and excitement you brought to cricket. You have been bubbling and exciting throughout. All the best for you future!

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    ur entertainment will always be remembered

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    we miss u mr brett lee. this is very sad to we will not see u in odi cricket. may thats ur good decision. may god bless u.wish u best of luck.

  • chrishantha12 on July 13, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    well done brett. It's an honour to be standing next to a great (MacGrath) rather than be in front of him. anyway i use to hate u when u come steaming to bowl at our batsmen(Srilankan) but not anymore. one of the greats i have ever seen. thanks & wish u all the best.

  • wasim_007 on July 13, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    When I was young I dream to become batsman...but thereafter I realazied and started to salute the fast bowler..why...they worked hard to deliver...and I have all praise for fast bowler at first place..then any other in cricket...fast bowler make cricket so exciting...they are life....but going the dianosour way....because of ICC policy of making cricket batting friendly...this way cricket may become baseball....no need of bowler....I salute you Lee...C Wallse, W Younus, W Akram..Shane Bond..S Akthar..B Lee...who next...no one now so furious cricket is no more a charm....

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Great Bowler,Miss you badly.Remember some of your fiery spells topping 160 k's.Gentleman too.

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Great bowler, Great sportsman, an era of fast bowling end

  • ali00 on July 13, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Good luck with your future Brett Lee and i have always your fan. I have not seen you bowling in test match in 2000s.I think you are a true legend. Having dismissed Sachin Tendulkar most than any other bowler. That is a record you made.

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Brett Lee was not only a great cricketer but he was the master of really connecting with the cricketing public. I remember closely watching the Aussie cricketers after an ODI in Brisbane with my son who was waiting patiently for an autograph or photo. While many of the cricketers robotically signed autographs while their minds were elsewhere Brett was a glaring exception. He would ensure that every supporter who waited would get 10- 15 secs of his undivided attention. The highlight of my son's entire day at the cricket was "Brett Lee touched my shoulder" and remains my son's favourite cricketer. Thank you Brett

  • ZLKA on July 13, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    We will miss you Brett Lee. Hope to see him in the IPL though. all the best for the future ,truly a great fast bowler.....

  • jonesy2 on July 13, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    well what can you say. greatest fast bowler in the history of one day cricket. shear champion. will miss you brett

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 13, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    He was one of the very few fast bowler left in cricket lnternational. very good bowler. always enjoyed watching him.

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    we will miss you brett lee.. you are one of the legend in cricket history.. Good Luck

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    binga...over the past 13 yrs u have won heart of millions..we will always miss u...ur yorkers nd bouncers...a true champion of the game...nightmare of batsman...bt a gud human being with an everlasting smile..hav a wonderful lyf ahead sir:)

  • Ram1968 on July 13, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Brett Lee.. Brett Lee... these are the shouts when ever he starts to bowl or fielding at boundary area. We (Me + 2 My daughters) are big big big favorites of Brett Lee.. His smile when ever a batsman misses the nicking the ball or his celebration on getting wicket and of course his true gentleman-ship we could not able to see on international matches.

    We miss one of the ambassador of the game. One of the true genuine fast bowlers across world (Only Dale Steyn left in the game). You played the game in true spirits and upheld the respect at all time you are on ground. A big salute to you dear LEE......

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on July 13, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    OMG, one of my favorites, Good luck brett, hope u will come to play slpl.

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I'll remember Brett Lee for a lot of reasons, but most of all when he almost won the 2005 Ashes for us with both bat and ball. He never gave up, and should be a role model for youth because of his sportsmanship. A true champion.

  • rohitkrmehta on July 13, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Still remember him bowling quick n fast even his face was covered with blood. Respect!!

  • SLDude on July 13, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    great fast bowler. will all will miss you ...

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    First Mark Boucher, Now Bret Lee retiering due to Injury!!! I am not saying injury is the reason for retirement but not the right way to say good bye to the game. Bret Lee you are the one of the best fast bowler with best bowling action i ve ever seen! Thank you for the contribution you have made for Cricket!!! we will miss you. Hoping that you will recover soon and play in IPL and BBL !!! Salute to the pacer!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    awesome bowler and a great athlete.....I could see him bowl whole day....he was the only one who had everything...speed, line length and swing...

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    weapon for the Australian team

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    One of The Greatest Fast Bowler In The History,Arguably the Best Speedster In Cricket World,Passed 150kmph Even in 35... Brett Lee Your'e a Legend!!All Time Great... Salute You for The Service That You Provided for Cricket & Aussies!! You Shown What Is Fast Bowling to The All Bowlers...

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    A true legend. Cricket gonna miss you.

  • jplterrors on July 13, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    gd player pity he cdnt quite catch the pidgeon

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Great bowler.. always gives 100% commitment whether he is bowling or batting or fielding..

  • satish619chandar on July 13, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Great guy.. A black week this is.. Two players who put everything for the team retiring off the gaurd with bad injuries.. They did deserve a fairytale end.. Hats off Binga..

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    I have not seen Micheal Holding bowl...neither have seen Jeff Thompson's fast.. But feel proud enough to say" i have lived to see fiery lee running with ball to bowl a batsmen and knock him out...!!!"

    Big Applause for this best fast bowler we have seen in our time!!!! End marks a great career!

  • johnathonjosephs on July 13, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Great man and great player. He's been around in world cricket for so long and he always gave his 100%. Ahh, the legends of the early 2000's are all retiring now. How soon until Sanga, Tendulkar, Oram, Afridi, Chanderpaul, Ponting, and Hussey retire? That was such a great batch of players

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    LEE ending today :( my most favorite bowler with the most beautiful bowling action... :(

  • tdobbo on July 13, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Lee is yet another Australian who retired at least 3 years too late

  • lilyblackcapsfan on July 13, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    What a great bowler and what a great man! Wish him all the best for the future, he's had a great career.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 13, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Sad that he won't have one last game to send off a great career I guess he is a real guy and just went on his own terms without the hype Respect to One of the GREATEST fast bowlers of all time !!! Not only did he go hard he also played the game with great spirit and character.

  • on July 13, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    One of the best fast bowlers of modern day cricket...His energy and athleticism in the field stood out...

  • ham1990 on July 13, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    A true legend of the game in every sense. A player who always stood tall for getting on with the game and playing it in the right spirit. He always had the right mix of aggression and sportsmanship everytime he played (not to mention always smiling). On the field and off the field he conducted himself impeccably and set a solid example for his team mates. He is one of the deadliest fast bowlers to have ever graced the game, with sheer pace and at times purely out thinking batsmen with his wit. A great ambassador for the game!

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    This ends the era of GENUINE FAST BOWLING, as Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Bond, Shaun Tait and now Bret Lee , all gems have retired.

  • A_HTIMAN on July 13, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Good luck and thanks for the memories. It was a wonderful carrer

  • Sunil_Batra on July 13, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Fastest bowler in history, no one came close including Shoaib, we will miss him and wish his family best at this challenging time.

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Another Legend retires :| Still cant forget the 99mph ball to Maravan Attapattu at the 2003 WC You we a role model for fast bowling to me! Good luck for the future .

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    WE MISS YOU .. YOU HAD BEEN A GREAT BOWLER, GREAT SPORTSMAN, GREAT AMBASSADOR OF CRICKET... WE LOVE YOU AND WE MISS YOU BRET LEE

  • shaikhshahzad on July 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Indeed a great fast bowler in the cricket history. You will always be remembered in the int cricket. However, I feel you could have waited a little longer as Sachan Tendulkar started his crickert career much before then of your total career. Well done bro. and very professional. God bless you.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    This really isnt a suprise hes been on the sidelines of the australian team for the last 12-18 months, but australia will miss him especially while the new generation of bowlers gain experience.

  • IndianInnerEdge on July 13, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Gr8 athlete, fab runup, action and follow through, was terrific fielder, good throwing arm and a decent batsman also.....one of the few nice-guys-on-the-field-as-well....always light hearted and smiling....Binga-was always gr8 to c u in action on the field, u had the right attitude.....All the best and thanx for the memories...!

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    End of an era !! Lee was truly a champion fast bowler with a great attitude.He would bowl with same intensity and pace whether it was the first over of a match or the last over. It was really remarkable that he was able to maintain his fitness and pace over longer period despite being a genuinely quick fast bowler.It is really fitting that he has equalled Mcgrath's record for the ,ost wickets by an Australian in the ODIs.Truly in the ODI arena, he was the best and perhaps as good as Mcgrath or wasim. 381Wkts in 221 Matches is no mean feat and hardly a handful of bowlers have managed to match his strike rate and average.Take a Bow Brett Lee !!!

  • SamRoy on July 13, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Brett Lee though not a great bowler was a great athlete. I mean his cricket was a sight for sore eyes. It isn't easy for a mid-thirties guy to bowl super fast but Binga managed it. For 13 years on the international scene. And a tremendous fielder. And a lower order bat who could contribute 20-30 runs every time chips were down. A great limited overs player and a world class test player.

  • veerakannadiga on July 13, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Liked him a lot. Aggressive on the field & very down to earth off it. World cricket will miss this flamboyant player. He had style in everything he did.For us Indians he was one of us. We loved him like our very own. His music albums (sung along side the great Asha Bhonsle) was quite a hit. Here's wishing him all the best for his future.

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    End of an era.Brett Lee is the combination of both speed and accuracy.Very good bowler.One of my favorite.

  • SudharsanVM on July 13, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    One of the best moments is he bowled in 2011 WC QF against india after badly hit in the eye when he was fielding in the outfield. He gives his full dedication to the game.

  • maverick0208 on July 13, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    A great bowler and will be missed! Have to agree with Jacob Li, now we are STUCK with Mitchell Johnson(that stiff and horrible action).......sigh!! Hopefully the young upcomers keep him out of a game!! Good luck Brett Lee in your retirement!!

  • abdulahadjawaid on July 13, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Fast man is good for BBL and IPL only. What a great bowler he is. League cricket distracted him and affected his international performance and fitness

  • gpm86 on July 13, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    @Steve Gregory. Your a grinch.

  • cdublew on July 13, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Thanks Brett for being such a great guy, both on and off the field. I have always admired your competitive spirit and your talent as a cricketer. We are going to miss you. Best Wishes for the next phase of your life and we hope you will continue to be associated with cricket in some form.

  • cricket_expart on July 13, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    i think this is high time to take retire

  • plow on July 13, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Take a bow Brett Lee. Legend of the game IMO. A silent assassin, you let the ball do the work. Cricket wont be as colourful without you mate.. all the best for your retirement and thanks for the memories (all be it not very joyful ones as a kiwi!) cheers!

  • anver777 on July 13, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Always he has that positive attitude in his bowling.......... he puts an extra effort in to his bowling & on several instances I've noticed, while he's bowling takes wkts & suddenly the game changes. And also a well known personality for his sportsmanship in the flied. Good luck for BBL & IPL !!!!!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Thats a shock for me.I was thinking he would play till 2015 but wasnt to be

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Missing You Brett All the best for ur future

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Will miss u Binga, your fast bowling was inspiring to all of us young fast bowlers, wish u all the best in your future en-devours.

  • vaidyar on July 13, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    @prasanna. Well put. Still remember his debut in '99 against India, those days when we still believed Indians couldn't play real fast bowling and he promptly took 5 wickets! 13 years have gone really fast. And a proper gentleman and nice guy, who played with a smile. It's sad that real fast bowlers are ending their careers after multiple injury breakdowns. Flintoff, Shoaib, Malinga (tests & not sure for how long ODIs) and now Lee. We need something like the WWF to classify categories of players as endangered, threatened, critically endangered, etc and make boards conserve them!

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    true warrior,great character born superstar

  • StarsnStumps on July 13, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    The last genuinely quick bowler ... thanks for the memories :)

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    great ambassador to fast bowling......could hve played more bt who can stop injuries..............hats of LIVING LEGEND ur agression will truly be remebered forever

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    First Mark Boucher and now Brett Lee, two legends of the game retiring in the same week :(

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    The last of the Aussie Golden Generation, who terrorised opposition batsmen and opposition team fans with his breakneck speed and unerring accuracy. Though he was very wayward during the first half of his career, he managed to find the accuracy which made him such a lethal bowler. Moreover, in a team of scowling bad boys, he remained the man with the disarming smile, the fast bowler who got along well with everyone and was liked by all his own teammates, as well as opposition players. Farewell, Brett! Thanks for providing us with the privilege of watching fast bowling as it rightly should be!

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    we will miss u brett lee

  • Mary_786 on July 13, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Great player and my wishes go out to his family in this difficult time

  • on July 13, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    The only cricketer from Australia after gily who is a fav. I really admire this person .. will miss his on field personality more than anything..to be true I was even happy when he took wickets against India

  • Indraneel.Kundu on July 13, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    I am a big fan of Brett Lee. As an Indian, I feared for my team when he bowled. He was very quick but surprisingly pleasant, even more so being an Aussie. He played with the right mix of aggression and sporting spirit. He under achieved mainly due to injuries. It is hard to imagine that he is 35, as he still has the boyish charms. I thank him for all the entertainment and wish him the very best for his future.

  • striker_force on July 13, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Miss your presence in Intl cricket ! Thanks for the entertainment .

  • NP_NY on July 13, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Congratulations on an excellent career Brett Lee! You've been a perfect example in terms of temperament, teammanship, fitness and longevity as a fast bowler. Sad to see you retire but look forward to seeing you in the future IPLs.

  • RahulPatil89 on July 13, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Superb Bowler superb temperament,superb action and speed...Australians will miss his absence.I love to watch bowling of Brett Lee .He is match winning player for australia on most occasions by his batting performance..........

  • Rabbito on July 13, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Thanks Binga....what a legend....what a gun.

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Great bowler. I can still remember how deadly he used to bowl,especially the match against India at the centurion in 2003 world cup. FAST,ACCURATE&STEAMING

  • cric-maestro on July 13, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    I must say i dint see this coming.. anyways u have been truly inspirational .. a cricketer who nvr gave up fighting... i still remember WC 2011 vs india .. the way brett was hit on the face .. and was on the field after 2 mins.. Thanks for all those wonderful moments of cricket.. Cricket will never be the same again...

  • cricketsimpleton on July 13, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Brett lee - 2003 world cup semi final - Marvan attapattu bowled by a fearsome toe crushing missile. That sums up what i wanted to say. Excellent batter too.. Please be a shadow and save this fast dying aussie pace bowling legacy. Wish u all the best mr.binga

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    end of an era. Pace with accuracy, swinging the ball and what not , really we will miss you ..

  • cric-maestro on July 13, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    I must say i dint see this coming.. anyways u have been truly inspirational .. a cricketer who nvr gave up fighting... i still remember WC 2011 vs india .. the way brett was hit on the face .. and was on the field after 2 mins.. Thanks for all those wonderful moments of cricket.. Cricket will never be the same again...

  • cric-maestro on July 13, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    I must say i dint see this coming.. anyways u have been truly inspirational .. a cricketer who nvr gave up fighting... i still remember WC 2011 vs india .. the way brett was hit on the face .. and was on the field after 2 mins.. Thanks for all those wonderful moments of cricket.. Cricket will never be the same again...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 13, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    The real fast bowler. Unlike the other so called 'express', Lee was capable to bowl the 10th over of his spel with the same speed. That shows his ability.

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Hats off to a legendary cricketer ! But too many shocking News per week i guess..!!!

  • shane-oh on July 13, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    As a Kiwi, there have been times when I have hated Brett Lee...for shredding my team. But credit where it is due, he's been one of the great bowlers of our time, a fierce competitor, and most importantly a great ambassador for the game. You're a legend mate, enjoy whatever you end up doing next!

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Will miss Brett Lee! He was truly a great asset for Australia!

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    IPL takes away another legend :(

  • coolindianfan on July 13, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    great bowler ,great player, one of the few aussies who wasent arrogant and played cricket in a gentle man spirit.He was exciting and fun to watch.His career would be even better had injuries not marred it by .His career was without controversies both on and off the field . He was exciting and was fun to watch On his day he could be a factor bigger then mcgrath and warne .i ll miss him dearly .

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @ Steve Gregory

    If brett le isnt great, even bradman isnt.. Bradman never played in Subcontinet Pitches.. I understand Bradman would have played well here as well.. But you cant judge someone's greatness until they prove it.. But only fools can say Bradman isnt great.. Same goes with Lee.. One Bad record doesnt make him a bad player or Average player from the Excellent Player he has been all through his career

  • landl47 on July 13, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    A whole-hearted cricketer and a great entertainer. He wouldn't make my list of the top ten pacemen I have seen, but I've always enjoyed watching him play and had a lot of respect for the attitude he brought to the game. His date of retirement may have been hastened by injury, but at 35 it's hardly premature. Besides, although he's no longer up to playing proper cricket, he's plenty good enough for the IPL. Enjoy your retirement, Binga.

  • prasanna on July 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Wow so fast thirteen years passed by, I still remember his first wicket in test cricket against India during their tour of Australia in 1999 where he was fast and accurate and today when I hear about his retirement, he's still bowling at the same pace, kudos for your contributions, wish we will see you for some years with BBL and IPL..

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    The role model of millions..!! That's sad news. End of an era. Hats Off to one of the best bowlers cricket has ever had.

  • gt09 on July 13, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    A true champion of the game, a most worthy king of speed, a great all-round sportsman & ambassador for cricket Binga! Inspiring a gen of upcoming quicks thorough incredible pace, rhythm, swing, subtly; 'right arm fast' remained true throughout the entirety of your career. Charging in, leaping at full flight & following through down the pitch was always a sight to behold @ the 'G & courage with both bowl & bat as highlighted in the Ashes '05 was amazing. Most of all you played the game always with a smile :) & in the right spirit! Thanks for being a great fast bowler & all the best..

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 13, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Hats off to the speedster on his respectful retirement. Thank you for entertaining us over the past 13years Brett! Shamalka (Sri Lanka)

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Brett Lee (binga) all the best for the future ,truly a great fast bowler

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    OMG, what a shock, just one short of breaking Glenn McGrath's record of 381 ODI wickets and he hangs up the boots. You could envy his strike rate. He didn't get a central contract after realising he wouldn't be part of Australia'a world cup plans. With his recent injury setback and the vast talent of fast bowlers coming through the ranks, he's realised it's time to step aside and allow younger players to develop themselves. He's done well for Australia and would be sadly missed.

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    We will miss you Brett Lee. Hope to see him in the IPL though.

  • chathuradil on July 13, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    A brilliant player with a brilliant career. I have seen you from the very begging starting in 1998, i guess. since that day seen lots of wickets u r taking. It was awesome when some was bowled out by ur fast yorker. my best was cleaned up Mavan Atapattu in WC 2003 semi at port Elizabeth, with a yorker over 160 Kmph. Anyway I hope with decision is not bcoz of IPL. Goodluck legend.......

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Great bowler, great player. Now we are stuck with Mitchell Johnson...

  • kiran_iitm on July 13, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    Great bowler, great action ........ One of the true legend of modern era... Now only one genuine fast bowler left ( steyn !!!!!!!!!!)

  • on July 13, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    How can anyone say Brett Lee was a great player.Any one who dominates in EVERY cricketing country is called great,he never done well IN England

  • sugwas on July 13, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Sad news. Pity that his last game ended with an injury and that the English fans were not able to give him an ovation that he deserved - which I'm sure they would have done. Loads of respect for Binger in England. Great bowler and a proper old school cricketer.

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Its a sad month or so to be a Cricket fan...First Kevin Peitersen retired from ODIs and T20 then Tatenda Taibu from all Cricket, Mark Boucher sadly to a freak injury and now good ole Binga....

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    IPL sucked another great player!

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Another legend retiring from cricket... Good News for Indian fans & some players. Hereafter they can score better against aussies!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    hats off to breet lee.one of the gr8 n fastest bowler and a gr8 fighter.

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Wat a player he has been....pace accuracy n ability to take wickets.....he leaves the game respectfully....but I feel sad to hear that after mark boucher another star of cricket retired due to injury....is cricket being played too often or what's the reason??? Bad for the game that we losing the stars due to injury

  • frozendilemma on July 13, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    Its a sad month or so to be a Cricket fan...First Kevin Peitersen retired from ODIs and T20 then Tatenda Taibu from all Cricket, Mark Boucher sadly to a freak injury and now good ole Binga....Will definitely miss the speedster...That fluid bowling action and his charming good looks made him a star and he was indeed a star...His retirement was on the cards but still watching Australia without Lee will look so plain now...Good Luck to ya mate...

  • stickboy on July 13, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    I think its definately the right time for it. I've loved and at times loathed lee a bit - especially his music career and his bowling sometimes too.

    His perfect outswingers to right handers and underused amazing inswinging yorkers were my favourite feature about him, and he was damn handy with the bat also. Still remember watching his debut, but never expected him to last for this long due to his pace and how it would affect his body, so i reckon he's done pretty bloody well. Well played binga!

  • NanoTechnology on July 13, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Not one of the "great" bowlers, and not the fastest, but non-the-less the holder of an important place in cricket history. A bowler who based a career on speed, who somehow managed to make it last more than a decade, and won over most of the world's cricket fans in the process. If it weren't for Steyn we'd probably be wondering where the thoroughbreds had gone, which Lee certainly was, a modern marvel. Thanks for the Yorkers sir!

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    End of an era. A second chance for Johnson is on the horizon.

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    wow, didn't know his was that old, I'm surprised. He sill looks so fit. But well done Brett. I always enjoyed your bowling. I also will forever when the aussies came here to the Caribbean and the test match where you knocked out Chanders with a bouncer and then Fidel almost broke your jaw with one. Good times

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    great bowler........I'm definitely gonna miss him..............exceptionally quick and could slip in a bouncer or yorker without short notice...

  • Buckers410 on July 13, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Sad news, great player. Aussie legend. Good luck to him and his family in the future. Hopefully he will continue to play BBL, IPL and so.

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • torsha on July 13, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    ohh what is happening? First Boucher and now Lee. Hard to see old school boys go like this. I will miss you Brett :(

  • pakflag on July 13, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    I can't believe the day has come, one of my favourite players are retiring! I'm a Pakistani fan, and Binga is one of my all time favourite cricketers. Binga, thx for the great fast bowling performances you have displayed in your career and for being a great role model! Best of luck in the future!

  • praveen4honestremark on July 13, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Feeling sad missing you sir. :-( The decision you have taken is right though thinking of Australia future; which now just lies in new guys who come in. You are my favorite ever. The balls that come out of your arm like bullet. You gave always team more than 100% that you have. Happy retirement sir- India

  • Balumekka on July 13, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Hats off to the great fast bowler! His records, specially in ODIs indicate how dangerous he is as a fast bowler.

  • Sinhaya on July 13, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Yes Lee right decision. You are 35 years and fast bowling is not meant for you. I can understand if you are a spinner. As a fast bowler the only way you can prolong your career is by drastically slowing speed, but that does not seem to be your way as I recall you threatening Sri Lankans with 150 KMPH barrages. Such speedy deliveries are too much to an aging body.

  • straight_drive4 on July 13, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    favourite player of all time. played with so much heart and always gave 100% - he was an entertainer that always brought the crowds in. not many international cricketers disliked him.... what a champion!

  • on July 13, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOO. BINGA PLEASE DON'T GO. :(

  • Meety on July 13, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Should get a gazillion well-wishers on the article & deserves every one. Champion.

  • ziggy500 on July 13, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    one of the best, will miss him

  • on July 13, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    A great shame he's had to leave this way. He's been plagued by injuries his whole career.

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  • on July 13, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    A great shame he's had to leave this way. He's been plagued by injuries his whole career.

  • ziggy500 on July 13, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    one of the best, will miss him

  • Meety on July 13, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Should get a gazillion well-wishers on the article & deserves every one. Champion.

  • on July 13, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOO. BINGA PLEASE DON'T GO. :(

  • straight_drive4 on July 13, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    favourite player of all time. played with so much heart and always gave 100% - he was an entertainer that always brought the crowds in. not many international cricketers disliked him.... what a champion!

  • Sinhaya on July 13, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Yes Lee right decision. You are 35 years and fast bowling is not meant for you. I can understand if you are a spinner. As a fast bowler the only way you can prolong your career is by drastically slowing speed, but that does not seem to be your way as I recall you threatening Sri Lankans with 150 KMPH barrages. Such speedy deliveries are too much to an aging body.

  • Balumekka on July 13, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Hats off to the great fast bowler! His records, specially in ODIs indicate how dangerous he is as a fast bowler.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 13, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Feeling sad missing you sir. :-( The decision you have taken is right though thinking of Australia future; which now just lies in new guys who come in. You are my favorite ever. The balls that come out of your arm like bullet. You gave always team more than 100% that you have. Happy retirement sir- India

  • pakflag on July 13, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    I can't believe the day has come, one of my favourite players are retiring! I'm a Pakistani fan, and Binga is one of my all time favourite cricketers. Binga, thx for the great fast bowling performances you have displayed in your career and for being a great role model! Best of luck in the future!

  • torsha on July 13, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    ohh what is happening? First Boucher and now Lee. Hard to see old school boys go like this. I will miss you Brett :(